Joint Research Groups in the UK - Scheme 3

Guidance for current Grant holders in light of the Covid-19 outbreak:

In light of the current Covid-19 outbreak and restricted movements within the UK, the LMS Research Grants Committee understands that not all meetings of the Joint Research (Scheme 3) Groups, which were supported by LMS grants in 2019-20, were able to take place as planned. The Committee also understands that any rescheduled meetings may not take place in time for the grant holders to submit their reports and renewal applications by the usual annual deadline of 15 September. 

Where there have been major changes to existing grants, I.e. changes to the grant holder, supporters and/or their institutions, a new application is required and be submitted by 15 September 2020, using the online form below.  

If possible, the Committee would encourage Joint Research Groups to stay in touch via video-conference during these uncertain times. If you have any queries, please contact us (

Objectives: To provide support to research groups of mathematicians to enable them to engage in collaborative activities through holding regular meetings. Groups should be made up of mathematicians who are working in at least three different locations and who have a common research interest.


  • Applicants can be any mathematician based in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.
  • Applications should be made by a nominated “grant-holder”, who will be responsible for the use of the grant.
  • Applications must have the support of collaborators from at least two further institutions.
  • Non LMS members will need to ask an LMS member to support the application. 


  • At least two of the three (or more) institutions making up the group must be in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.
  • There should be genuine involvement from all three (or more) institutions in the group, and the Society normally would expect meetings to be held at each of the institutions in rotation.
  • It is expected that the meetings will be open to all.
  • It is expected that meetings will be advertised to research students and young postdoctoral mathematicians, and that every effort will be made to encourage participation by them.
  • The Committee may ask for exceptionally strong cases to be made where there is geographical and subject overlap between different Scheme 3 applications, or between the Scheme 3 application and an existing research network.

Value of award:

  • The maximum award is £4,000 to cover meetings over two years (to hold up to four meetings a year - or where there is an equivalent level of activity).
  • Grant applicants can apply for funds to host two meetings (or an equivalent level of activity) in a financial year, at a value of £500 per meeting. The Research Grants Committee will no longer require grant holders to hold four meetings per year (though they are still permitted to do so).
  • It is anticipated that the award for each meeting will not exceed £500.
  • A grant may be used to support the activities of the group, and normally would be used to cover the expenses of speakers and or participants (eg travel, accommodation and subsistence).
  • Please note that a short report will be required at the end of the first year, with a full report required at the end of the second year. 

Deadlines and decision timetable:

Applications should be submitted well in advance of the date of the first meeting.

Application Deadline

Decision Date

Type of Application

15 September


New and renewal applications




Queries regarding applications can be addressed to the Grants Administrator or the Chair of the Research Grants Committee, who will be pleased to discuss proposals informally with potential applicants and give advice on the submission of an application. 

Grants Administrator:  Lucy Covington Email:   

Chair of the Research Grants CommitteeProfessor Andrew S. Dancer 

Application Form:

Report Form (after two years of activity or part of a full application):

Mid-Term Report Form (due after one year of activity):


ALL renewal applications MUST be accompanied by a Report for the previous year’s activities.

If a renewal application is unsuccessful, normally the grant will be terminated at the end of the calendar year. A supplementary grant will be available to cover actual expenditure for a meeting held during the autumn term. This will normally be the equivalent of the grant awarded for one meeting, e.g. £500, and will not usually exceed one third of the previous year’s grant. 

Current Joint Research Groups supported by LMS Grants in 2020/21

Other sources of funding:

Information about other funding offered by other organisations can be found here.